AP US Government and Politics

Fond of political intrigue? Then look no further than the happenings of our nation’s capital. From its constitutional underpinnings to interest groups, public policy, civil rights and mass media, you’ll learn the ins-and-outs of how US government works. You’ll flex your critical thinking and writing skills while researching and analyzing US politics. RECOMMENDED PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of US History.

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Unit 1: Foundations of American Democracy

  • The Basic Function of Government
  • American Democracy
  • Constitutional Foundations
  • The Declaration of Independence
  • Building the Constitution
  • The U.S. Constitution
  • The Basic Principles of the Constitution
  • Inside the Constitution
  • The Bill of Rights
  • Powers Divided
  • Evolution of Federalism
  • The Anti-Federalists and Brutus 1
  • The Federalist Papers

Unit 2: Interactions Among Branches of Government

  • The House of Representatives
  • The Senate
  • Bills and Resolutions
  • Legislation to Law
  • The Nature of a President
  • Presidential Roles
  • The White House
  • The Budget
  • The Nature of the Bureaucracy
  • The Cabinet
  • Other Bureaucratic Bodies
  • Checks on the Bureaucracy
  • State and Local Courts
  • The Federal Court System
  • Historical Supreme Courts
  • The Nature of the Supreme Court
  • The Modern Supreme Court

Unit 3: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

  • Incorporation
  • Freedom of Religion
  • Freedom of Speech
  • Freedom of the Press
  • The Fourth Amendment
  • Due Process and Criminal Rights
  • The Civil Rights Movement
  • Civil Rights Legislation
  • Equality Before the Law

Unit 4: American Political ideologies and Beliefs

  • Political Participation
  • Party Identification
  • Politics, Polls, and the Press

Unit 5: Political Participation

  • The Two-Party System
  • Third Parties
  • Party Function and Structure
  • Political Party Eras
  • Voting Behavior and Intensity
  • Financing Elections
  • Congressional Elections
  • The Electoral College
  • Presidential Elections